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  1. The educational programme related to "The History of the Greek Banknote, 1822-2002" exhibition

    Three different learning packages were designed for the exhibition on “The Greek Banknote, A Journey 1822-2002”: one for primary school, one for secondary school, and one for senior high school, depending on the age and curriculum of the pupils, and all including a variety of activities that are to be carried out by the pupils in groups rather than individually.

    To begin with, the students gather in the multi-purpose room of the Historical Archive where they are given a presentation, in a relaxed question-and-answer style, accompanied by power-point slides, on the history of money – from barter to currency, and from the feiqian “flying money” in China of the 10th century AD to the banknotes of modern times. The presentation also provides information on the manufacture of paper money, and significant milestones in the history of Greek banknotes, while the images printed on the notes are also discussed. 
    Then the pupils are taken on a tour of the exhibition, stopping off to focus on selected exhibits, which are explained and analyzed in line with the learning level of the audience. Our aim is to keep the school visit free of the conventional guided tour approach, and to let the school pupils come closer to the museum and the exhibition. 

    Once the tour is over, the pupils can fill in a questionnaire (designed for each age group) that encourages them to explore the exhibition. The aim of this exercise is to get them to look again at the exhibits, and to focus more closely on something that interests them. They are challenged to answer questions that require them to approach the exhibits from a combination of perspectives, to solve hidden word puzzles (in the case of words that concern mythological or historical features of the banknote decoration), to complete an acrostic comprised of words hidden in the notes, and – for younger children – have a chance to design and “produce” their own banknote.

  2. "Archives. Sources of knowledge. Sources of memory"

    This new educational programme aims at introducing to pupils and students the concept of records and archives and their importance as primary sources in our efforts to understand and document the past.

    The programme begins by discussing the various reasons for preserving and systematically storing records and gives a brief presentation of the life-cycle of archives, as well as the archival activities carried out at the NBG Historical Archives. Students are given a guided tour through the state-of-the-art facilities at the Historical Archives, including the reading room, library, conservation lab, microphotography and multi-media applications lab, the spaces for sorting, processing, classifying and storing records, and the exhibition rooms.

    Through a variety of educational activities, which are specially designed to match the age and level of the school pupils, participants can work on the archival “tree” and access original records from the historical records and collections of National Bank of Greece, including documents, photos, office machines, drawings and maps. The pupils are encouraged to use various tools by which they can approach and interpret the significance of this material.
     
  3. The school "Career Orientation" programme

    Τhe school "Career Orientation" programme, which concerns the presentation of the various specialisations pursued in the Historical Archive (in archive science, librarianship, photography, conservation, copy editing) and in the Bank more generally, has been expanded by giving student trainees who come to us for practical experience, as well as school students, not only the chance to attend presentations by our archivists and other experts at the Historical Archive, but also an opportunity to interview our specialists and permanent staff.